Thursday, May 27, 2010

Frozen banana custard (one ingredient dessert!)

Go ahead, call me a hypocrite for what I'm about to admit: this week I'm on a self-imposed sugar/junk food detox.  After this past weekend of miniature cakes, excess frosting, and a self-serve candy bar (just to name a few), I felt like I needed to hit the reset button.  Let me be clear -- this is not about calories or dieting or anything obscene like that.  It's just that reaching for the Nutella and ice cream upon waking up, after every meal and as soon as I get home from the gym made me think that my appetite was a little unbalanced.  I'm pretty sure the last time I went 4 days without dessert, cookies, anything sweet, even a piece of chocolate, was 1999.  I remember it like it as yesterday... because it was AWFUL.

For some ridiculous reason, I decided that I would a) give up something for Lent, even though I'm Presbyterian and we just don't do that, and b) choose to give up "junk food" of all kinds.  That included sweets, chips, pizza, crackers... leave it to the type A personality to be detailed and thorough.  So many of my friends in junior high were Catholic (roughly 98%), and I thought it would be fun to partake in my own little willpower experiment since it meant nothing more serious to me than that.  It's safe to say that I suffered some sort of brain damage prior to that decision, especially given that Girl Scout Cookies are delivered during the Lenten season every year.  Anyway, I completed my challenge successfully, only to go on an all-junk food diet for the week after just to right the universe.  I don't recommend this to anyone, ever.  Case closed.

I decided this week (read: 5 whole days) I needed a little break... keeping in mind that we're approaching a holiday weekend when I can reassert my place in the world as a food aficionado.  So I wanted dessert last night... what to do, what to do.  Then I remembered seeing a few online mentions of frozen banana custard.  That required one ingredient.  One. Ingredient.  Shut. Up!

This "custard" is cold and creamy and sweet and healthy!  Of course, when I make it again, I might try adding a few chocolate chips or spoonful of peanut butter or Nutella to the mix.  But know that this was delightfully refreshing and satisfying all on its own.  Seriously, how have I not known about this until now?  And hey, this week isn't going as badly as I remember the first round many years ago... but that doesn't mean this will become a regular event.

One Ingredient Frozen Banana Custard
-makes about 1 cup

1 peeled banana, sliced into pieces, frozen in a sealed plastic bag

Add banana to bowl of mini food processor.  Start blending.  The contents will progress from tiny Dippin' Dot sized smooth banana custard in a few minutes.  Dish out and enjoy!


  1. Yaaaaaay!!! So amazing!! all I need is a food processor :)

  2. This is a great dog treat as well! I usually add a tsp of peanut butter and a dollop of plain or vanilla yogurt, place the mixture in a Kong and freeze. Serve the next day and keep the pups quiet for at least half an hour. Bet you never thought I'd take a recipe of yours and make it dog worthy, didja, huh?

  3. Rachel -- you could also use a blender.
    Suze -- your dogs have great taste :)
    Jen -- Abby will love it, and so will you!!